Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Question and Answers :
Can't able to open Esbern's Door in Riften.
Posted: jun 28, 2013 9:26 am
In a cornered rat quest, my quest show me "talk to esbern". I found esbern in ratway warrens in riften city and then i told him to open the door. After a lot conversation complete, he agreed to open the door. But, i can't open it actually. What should i do? It was the major storyline quest for dragon born happen. I noticed some error since i talk to esbern, i can't hear his conversation but i see some related subtitles like other quests.
Posted: sep 05, 2013 11:16 pm
Esbern should be scripted to gather his things and remove any information that the thalmor
might be after, after doing so he will be ready to follow you to riverwood.
The bug you are describing is not uncommon, esbern is known to bug out at several
different points during this quest. Some simple solutions include, sprinting into him or
using unrelenting force to "nudge" him out of his frozen state. Assaulting him until he
falls to his knees can also work. A failed pickpocket attempt has also been known to work.
Using a paralyze spell will not make esbern hostile and will force him to skip to his next
task, allowing you to speed through his dialogue and might prevent him from bugging.
Using console commands can resolve this issue as well. Use the console to disable esbern
and enable him usually works. You can also setstages to advance the quest. Typing setstage
mq203 1 should start the next quest, forcing esbern to follow you while skipping his
Alternatively, if you just want to get the door opened you can type setstage mq202 160.
You might have to force esbern out of the door and close ir. He should then open the door
to get back in, he should continue on with the quest though he may speak too fast to
Mods can also cause this quest, and esbern in particular, to become bugged. You could
always try to deactivate mods, if you have any installed, and see if that resolves the
If none of these fixes work you might have to load a previous save, preferably one before
this quest was active.
Note: i've never experienced this bug before so i have never tried these fixes out myself,
so i have no idea if any will work.
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